The God I Never Knew
The Holy Spirit’s Actions
Paul Foslien, Senior Pastor, Living Word Family Church, Naples, FL
June 26, 2017
The Bible clearly explains that the Holy Spirit is a person. As a person, He moves in our lives in several ways. These actions are always active, meaning that they are on-going.
The Holy Spirit never stops working in our lives; He is always present and active.
- The Holy Spirit guides
He hears, speaks, and shows.
John 16:13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. (NKJV)
- The Holy Spirit convicts of sin.
He knows the heart of God and tells us when we have gone against His will.
John 16:8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. (NKJV)
- The Holy Spirit performs
He works in the supernatural to fulfill the desires of God’s heart.
Act 8:39 Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing. (NKJV)
4. The Holy Spirit intercedes for us.
He stands before the throne of God, pouring out our deepest hurts.
Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (NKJV)
These are ways that the Holy Spirit works on our behalf. This is not a one-sided relationship. Just as we, as believers, trust Him to intercede, we are also called to honor and respect His role in our lives. As in any relationship, this relationship can be damaged by our choices.
The Holy Spirit is to be obeyed – Acts 10:19–21
The Holy Spirit can be lied to – Acts 5:3
The Holy Spirit can be resisted – Acts 7:51
The Holy Spirit can be grieved – Ephesians 4:30
The Holy Spirit can be blasphemed – Matthew 12:31–32
The Holy Spirit can be insulted – Hebrews 10:29
Take a look at these emboldened words. If a friend were to violate our friendship in any one of these ways, we would be greatly wounded. Consider how more significant this is when it is our relationship with the Holy Spirit, our most personal gift from God.
The Holy Spirit is God’s gift to us. We need to cherish this gift and embrace our on-going relationship and communication with Him.
Christ-Centered for life,